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Old 12-10-2007, 05:54 PM   #46
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Well, ok, if it's that miserable I can understand.
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Old 12-10-2007, 07:05 PM   #47
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It's strange that 26 million is considered a disappointment. I think weekends before the holidays are slower anyway, and the weather was miserable in much of the country too. It's not one that I'm all that interested in seeing, but that has nothing to do with any religious issues.
Actuals are even lower -- $25.7M. By contrast, Narnia did $65M on the same weekend two years ago. Fellowship of the Ring did $47M in 2001, on a weekend much closer to Christmas. So as far as the industry's concerned, it's already a huge underperformer, and if it doesn't have legs, will serve as a big blow to one of the last mini-majors. Estimates are that it will perform more like Eragon, which grossed $23M a year ago, on its way to a $75M gross, which while solid, is unremarkable given that they spent nearly $300M to make it. (LOTR, by contrast, cost $300M for the whole series.)

Granted, it may perform better in Europe, where awareness of the books is higher, but it's still not doing remarkable business there either -- and even then, Narnia and LOTR far outpaced their domestic performance far better than Compass is likely to.

The likelihood is much higher that Bob Shaye will call Peter Jackson and say "let's do 'The Hobbit'" than that he'll okay the next two films in the Compass series.
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I thought they were doing "The Hobbit."
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:12 PM   #49
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I thought they were doing "The Hobbit."
Bob Shaye made it very public about a year or so ago that Jackson would never do "The Hobbit" as long as Shaye ran New Line. But over the past several months, shifts have started to happen behind the scenes. Rumors are that it's going to be a two-part film, filled out with ancillary material. That's the rumor, anyway...
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That's probably what I've heard . . . the rumors. I thought it was a little more certain that Jackson was going to do something because of changes with New Line.

We shall see!
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